The office manager can take a holiday. Really.
Taking time off means you, the office manager, must figure out how everything will operate efficiently in your absence. Not only that, but you have to account for and cover for the work of all the other employees who will be taking vacations. Here are some tips on how to make summer a holiday, not a headache.
Fortunately, you can deal with other people’s vacations by planning well in advance. And, by finding sources of skilled, temporary workers, for example, from temp agencies. As well, college employment offices would love to match a student to the work you need done over the summer.
Once you’ve planned for others’ vacations, it’s time to think about your own. In preparation, you might like to make a checklist of things to arrange before you go.
We’re happy to share some key things we find useful at Digitech Laser. We view summer as the perfect time to:
- Take on projects that would prove disruptive during your busy seasons: painting; renovating or re-arranging your office; and major building repair or maintenance (such as sandblasting, pressure washing and HVAC upkeep).
- Do those updates or upgrades you’ve been thinking about for your computers and IT systems. After all, this is the season the fewest number of people rely on them.
- Arrange for cleaning all those things you haven’t been able to get around to yet: windows, carpets, flooring, walls and hallways.
- Make sure the office has all the consumables it will need while you’re away – everything from printer supplies (paper, toner, ink), to coffee and other break-room supplies. And don’t forget toilet paper!
- If tiny critters are an issue for your office, have the pest-control people to come in and do their annual clean sweep.
- Finally, make sure that someone is in charge in your absence, and that they have an up-to-date list of all your emergency contacts and procedures.
Now go ahead, take a worry-free vacation. You’ve earned it!
For all year round, here’s an article we really like about creating a great working environment.